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The linden is a medicinal plant, also known as teja, tejo, texa or tilha, which is popularly used to treat various he alth problems, from anxiety, headache, diarrhea and poor digestion.
Although the linden is a plant originally from Europe, it can be found all over the world, being used 3 main species, the linden cordata, more common, the linden platyphyllos and the linden x vulgaris.
This medicinal plant is relatively easy to find.
Key benefits of linden
According to some studies, linden seems to have some proven benefits and, therefore, can be indicated for:
1. Reduce Anxiety
In some investigations, linden tea has been shown to have an inhibitory action on benzodiazepine receptors, which means that it can reduce the action of the central nervous system, calming the nerves and helping to relieve anxiety attacks.
This mechanism is similar to that of over-the-counter benzodiazepine drugs, which act by inhibiting the same receptors and are prescribed for the treatment of pathological anxiety.
2. Relieve fever
One of the most popular effects of linden tea is its ability to increase perspiration and help regulate fever in cases of colds and flu.
According to some studies, this effect, known as the diaphoretic effect, is due to the presence of substances such as quercetin, kaempferol and coumarin, which stimulate sweat production.
3. Decrease blood pressure
Although the mechanism of action of linden on blood pressure is not yet known, some studies have observed a direct effect between consumption of linden tea and the reduction of blood pressure, especially systolic pressure.
This action may be related to the presence of tiliroside, chlorogenic acid and rutoside. In addition, the plant also seems to exert diuretic power, which also makes it possible to regulate blood pressure more easily.
4. Eliminate fluid retention
Similar to linden's diaphoretic effect on sweat production, the plant also appears to increase urine production, producing a strong diuretic action. When this happens, excess fluid is eliminated from the body, treating and preventing fluid retention.
5. Help settle the stomach
The ability of linden to calm the stomach has been known since antiquity and, although there is no specific mechanism to justify this action, it is possible that it is related to its calming and slightly anti-inflammatory action.
6. Lowering blood glucose
According to studies done with linden, the plant seems to be able to regulate blood glucose levels, helping to treat diabetes. Most of this effect has been related to the inhibition of the alpha-glucosidase enzyme, which is found in the intestine and which helps in the absorption of glucose from food into the blood.
Furthermore, linden can also inhibit another enzyme, alpha-amylase, which is found in the digestive tract and is also responsible for digesting carbohydrates and turning them into simpler sugars that can be absorbed.
7. Preventing obesity and overweight
In addition to the enzymes that regulate the absorption of glucose, linden also seems to inhibit the action of pancreatic lipase, another enzyme that is responsible for the absorption of fats. Thus, consumption of linden can help decrease the absorption of dietary fats, which end up being eliminated in the feces, helping to control weight.
8. Eliminate fungal infections
Although it is a lesser known property of the plant, according to a study carried out with 41 plants, linden has antifungal action against various types of fungi, and can be used as a complement to the treatment of some fungal infections.
9. Prevent against cancer
In addition to having antioxidant action, which protects cells against various types of damage, linden has also shown selective action on some tumor cells, causing their death without affecting he althy cells. This effect is being related to its rich composition in scopoletin.
How to use linden
The most popular way to use linden is through tea made from its flowers and dried leaves, however, the plant can also be used in cooking to flavor some dishes.
How to make linden tea
Add 1.5 grams of dried linden flowers and leaves to 150 ml of boiling water, cover and let it rest for 5 to 10 minutes. Then strain, let it cool and drink 2 to 4 times a day.
For children between 4 and 12 years old, it is recommended to reduce the amount of linden to 1 gram per 150 mL of boiling water.
Possible side effects
The linden is a very safe plant and, therefore, the appearance of side effects is quite rare. However, some people seem to be more sensitive to linden flowers and may develop allergic symptoms such as itchy skin, sneezing and a runny nose.
Contraindications of linden
There are no studies that indicate the possible contraindications of this plant, but there are suspicions that it may have a toxic effect on the heart muscle, especially when consumed in excess. For this reason, linden is usually not recommended for patients with heart problems.
For lack of studies, and for safety reasons, linden should not be used in children under 4 years of age and pregnant or breastfeeding women.